What is your intention with Babyfaced Productions?
I intend to singlehandedly reinvent the way narrative interacts with media. I want to be Stan Lee AND Kevin Feige.
Why “Babyfaced?” what does that mean?
Babyfaced is the name and image to describe our collective as a group of novice professionals. It is an awareness of our appearance as naive artists—and that we may be suspected of not knowing “how the real world works.” Our prerogative is to know precisely how the world and its industries work currently and to decide to build a reality that operates differently.
How can Babyfaced Productions achieve that and why should it?
Being blessed enough to enter the film industry in the wake of the #METOO movement, as opposed to being in the position of a trailblazer, I am faced with questions like “What now?” or “What next?” When faced with questions like, “how do you confront sexual harassment on set or in the workplace?” I pause. There is no ONE correct answer to this question and no one should have to prepare one. No person or demographic should have to anticipate and/or accommodate for abuse. No person should have to pass on opportunities to advance their career for fear of torment at higher levels of professional success (i.e. higher income).
So how do we as a united front of aspiring creative professionals confront sexual harassment or any other form of harassment in the workplace?
We remove it. Not as easy as it sounds, obviously. It entails everyone’s commitment to mutual respect throughout nuanced personal and professional relationships.
How can there be a major shift in what seems to be a vague, catchall term for individually particular cases?
Best practice is to lead by example and to re-establish the precedent. The status quo must be consciously, intentionally and patiently shifted. It is largely observed that teams run differently under femme leadership. As part of the Babyfaced collective, no member will ever have to professionally navigate from a place of fear. They will not sell themselves short as a tactic of self-preservation. No one will wake up afraid to go to work. Our work will be fulfilling and confrontational. We as a collective will shift the status quo of the reality that surrounds us. We will set a precedent for other businesses and industry leaders. “Why do we need Babyfaced Productions?” because creative collaboration came before and must outlive capitalism and the abuses it normalizes.